Senior Program Financial Manager, U.S. Region

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

 

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Senior Program Financial Manager - U.S. Region

OVERALL FUNCTION

The Senior Program Financial Manager plays a key role in the overall management of the U.S. Region by ensuring their finances are soundly managed. The Senior Manager will rely on rigorous financial analysis and existing knowledge of accounting principles in addition to excellent communication skills to oversee the financial and related operational processes for the U.S. Region. This includes analyzing and reviewing budgets and grant proposals and organizing and presenting complex financial data for reporting and decision-making. The Senior Manager will oversee a Program Financial Manager, operating as a collaborative and customer service-oriented team and coaching him/her on to excellence. She/he will also partner with the Finance Department, serving as a main point of contact between the Region and the Finance Department. The Senior Program Financial Manager reports through the Enterprise Operations department and is also a key member of the U.S. Region team

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee production of regular reports of actual vs. budget results, explaining income and expense line-item variances; advising Region managers and Finance staff on trends and issues of concern; and proposing actionable solutions to identified concerns.
  • Develop, maintain and refine internal Region financial systems and processes to ensure the sound management of overall finances.
  • Analyze financial data, keeping program priorities foremost in mind, and create clear and accurate presentations, including spreadsheets, graphics and insightful summary narratives for Region and finance leadership.
  • Oversee Funds managed by the U.S. Region to ensure proper deployment of resources in alignment with donor intent, internal policies and GAAP rules.
  • Lead the annual budget building processes for the Region, ensuring roles/responsibilities are clear, timelines met, internal systems and processes are set up, and accurate budgets are submitted.
  • In partnership with the Development team, identify and work to resolve issues with revenue projections, flagging any items of concern to U.S. Region leadership. 
  • Oversee preparation of proposal budgets and financial reports for funders; review reports, identifying variances and issues in grant-level budget management; and advise managers and project staff on solutions.
  • Supervise a Program Financial Manager, serving as a source of technical expertise and identifying and resolving any challenges to the team's high performance.
  • Manage rapid-response strategies to quick turn-around requests for fundraising and program management purposes.
  • Oversee contract development and processing and other related financial operational processes for the Region.
  • Educate staff in the Region regarding budgetary processes and financial management, ensuring that staff understand and follow procedures developed by the Finance Department.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and trainings with both the Enterprise Operations & Economics and U.S. Region teams.
  • Serve as a primary contact with the Finance and accounting staff to insure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of issues.
  • Provide a Mission team perspective and suggest paths forward in finance discussions about new policies and systems.
  • Directly assist Finance staff in the development of specific new policies, procedures and systems on an ad hoc basis.  Assist in the roll-out to the U.S. Region and other Mission teams as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

We're seeking candidates who have a demonstrated mastery of financial analysis with a detailed-oriented ability to spot trends, ensure accuracy and report out on results in an audience-appropriate way, an appreciation for the link between program finances and overall priorities, and a history of supervising high-performing teams. Experience with nonprofit accounting and fundraising practices is required. Candidates should also have:

  • Advanced degree with six years' experience in business management, finance or accounting in a business or non-profit office setting, or a Bachelor's degree with eight years' experience.
  • Minimum of three years of experience managing staff. 
  • Excellent communication skills with enthusiasm for team approach and problem solving, with colleagues at different levels and with different areas of expertise. 
  • Strong judgment to plan, prioritize and execute a heavy workload well in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and tight deadlines, and the ability to lead others to do so. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills, superb attention to details and a commitment to 100 percent follow through. 
  • Experience in fund accounting is a plus.
  • Demonstrated familiarity of GAAP and thorough understanding of non-profit accounting principles and grants management.
  • A high degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Excel. Must be able to work with Excel to understand and develop formulas, charts and spreadsheets that clearly present data to facilitate decision-making by senior leadership. 
  • Experience with forecasting, budgeting and reporting SAAS is required; experience with NetSuite is a plus.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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